It’s such an honour to be asked to be someone’s bridesmaid. You’ll be bursting with excitement and ready to talk all things weddings at the drop of the hat.
But if you’re a first-time bridesmaid, it can also be a bit nerve-wracking. It’s only natural that you want to help make sure the brides wedding day as brilliant as can be, and that all begins with being a good bridesmaid yourself. Here’s some top tips on how to be just that 😊
Be there to listen.
Wedding planning brings all sorts of stresses especially these days, so you need to be the calm in the midst of the madness. Be the bride’s confidante, let her vent if she needs to and try to help her see the fun side if she’s starting to get overwhelmed
Help her find her frock
More and more brides are opting to keep their dresses a secret from everyone so she can do a big reveal on the day.
But if not, part of your job will be to help her find her dream dress. This is an exciting part of planning but with so many dresses to choose from, it can also get a bit overwhelming. Be honest with the bride if theres a dress that you genuinely think doesn’t suit her but rather than be completely negative, turn it into a positive by suggesting alternatives that you know are more flattering and show off her best features. At the end of the day however, its the brides decision and if she absolutely falls in love with a dress then support her 100%.
Be honest about your dress (within reason)
At the end of the day all brides have a look in mind for their bridal party so please try accommodate her wishes as much as you possibly can. However, uncomfortable bridesmaids do not make for happy photographs so if theres something that you know you just cant wear then say it. The mix and match bridesmaids look is really popular at the moment and might be the way to go if you can’t decide on dresses that everyone likes.
DO NOT fight with other bridesmaids
You’re a team, so make sure you act like it! Your number 1 priorty is to support the bride so regardless of differences of opinions put on a united front.
Help the bride
Don’t just say, “Call me if you need a hand!” If you know something needs to be done then offer to take that specific task off her hands. Asking for help can be difficult for some brides, so if you take the lead, it removes one more thing from her to-do list.
Plan the Best Hen Party EVER!
Every bride deserves an amazing hen party but be sure to organise something that you know the bride will enjoy. It can be a tricky to navigate but ask her upfront if theres something that she definitely doesnt want and go from there. Remember that her Mum and possibly the Grooms Mum might be there so keep the really embarrassing stories to a minimum.
This is especially lovely at the moment with so few guests allowed…
Organise messages from friends and family who are unable to attend the wedding. Be it in the form of emails that can be read out during the speeches or maybe get the guests to send a photo of themselves with a message written on the back. The bride and groom will absolutely love it!
Its also a good idea to be there for the brides fittings if possible. Some dresses can be tricky to close so learn how to help her into it. And pay special attention on how to tie up the bustle, if there is one.
On the day
Fingers crossed everything runs smoothly on the day itself , but it’s always possible that a couple of things might go wrong, if possible try and resolve any issues without telling the bride. She doesn’t need to know about little things that can easily be fixed.
The morning of the wedding is going to be a full of excitement and it can be easy to fall behind, so make sure to keep things moving. The makeup artist and hairstylist will most likely have given a rota so give everyone their time slots and avoid confusion, drama or delays.
Keep an eye on the brides makeup and lipstick all day. It’s up to you to let the bride know if she’s got lipstick on her teeth, mascara smudged under her eyes or if she’s looking a wee bit shiney. The makeup artist will have recommended products for top ups so make the bride has them with her.
Have an emergency kit ready to go on the day full of safety pins, needle & thread, tissues, mints, plasters etc Believe me, you’ll be glad of it.
Stay close by for photos. Not only will you be needed for bridal party shots, the bride might need help adjusting her dress or someone to hold her bouquet! You’re also probably going to need to help round up guests for the various group pics.
Depending on the brides dress, she might need help going to the loo and if thats the case then your on bathroom duty for the day!
Finally, be first on the dance floor (after the bride & groom of course) and encourage others to keep it filled for the night!
There’s a lot of pressure when it comes to getting married and wanting to look ‘perfect’ in your wedding dress. You might be thinking of getting a tan before your big day; whether it’s a spray tan or a DIY tan. Either way, wedding tan needs to be perfect – that means no streaks and definitely no orange hue. So, whether you’re a pro or a first timer, caution should be taken to avoid disasters
Sunbeds are never, ever, worth it. Please don’t jeopardise your health for the sake of aesthetics. Especially when faking it is so easy these days. Remember also, sunbeds will dry your skin out and one too many sessions on the beds will age your skin and undo all your other work to have your skin looking amazing .
Always have a trial run…
Never ever book in for a spray tan for your wedding without giving it a go before the big day.
Do you really want to wake up on the morning of the wedding to see a disaster?! No thank you! Tan takes differently on everyone so try it out before hand”
Remember, it takes a good fortnight to completely rid your skin of a spray tan, so you’ll need to allow time for trials if your planning on trying out a few different brands.
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!!!
Prep for your tan like an absolute pro!!
Perfect your canvas before you apply any colour as it will make your tan look more alive and not so flat. Invest in a body brush and some gentle exfoliating products. Use both twice a week to clear away dead skin cells.
Remove any unwanted hair and do final exfoliation 24 hours before you tan.
Speak to your makeup artist…
Does he/she want you to have your face tanned? Do they want you to come tanned to your makeup trial? Personally I dont like my brides to have tan on their face. I find it dries the skin out too much and can sometimes look patchy. I always suggest having tan on for the trial, this gives a better indication of the finished look.
Leave it to the professionals…
If you can, have your tan professionally applied
“I would heavily suggest steering away from DIY tans before your wedding. You want to feel your absolute best on your wedding day, so I would put your trust into someone who is trained and knows what they’re doing.”
If doing it yourself, dont get in a sweat over it – just pay extra attention. Especially around the hand area.
Getting a streak-free finish on the hands is notoriously tricky but using a good handcream in the days leading up to tanning will help keep the skin moisturised. Buffing your tan in using a foundation brush will keep it natural and avoid gathering around the knuckles.
Be realistic with your colour…
Dont go too dark for your natural skin tone or it just wont look right. Especially against a white/ivory dress. 1 or 2 shades darker than your own skin tone is perfect.
Wear loose clothing (no bras, jeans, tight socks or anything else that’ll leave a mark on your skin) and dont forget to bring flip flops. When leaving the salon, be aware of the weather and avoid rain at all costs. If you’re travelling by car, put a towel between your shoulder and the seatbelt to avoid marks.
The final countdown…
For the last few weeks before your wedding, I highly recommend to stop using developing tans – you’ll want to spend these few weeks focusing on prepping your skin, exfoliating and moisturising. Aim to have your wedding tan applied 2/3 days before the big day. Lets say your wedding is Saturday, get the spray Thursday evening. Shower Friday morning, apply a good layer of hydrating (but oil-free) moisturiser and wear loose-fitting clothes if possible. Avoid using a loofa in the shower – simply wash with your hands and some shower gel.
Some tans I find beautiful for bridal are:
Vita Liberate – really good for fair/medium skin tone
St Tropez – Has a lovely olive glow for Medium /Dark skin tones
Bellamienta or Dripping Gold – Both really rich tans, perfect for Darker skin tones.
Vita Liberate body blur is beautiful as a tan topper if you find your tan is a wee bit flat
Tan really is a personal choice and what looks beautiful on one person might not look the same on you.
For me, I find that tan doesn’t seem to come up very well on my legs. My skin would be quite dry and dehydrated so I really need to focus on getting as much moisture onto them in the weeks before an occasion. Even after all the prep tan will be quite faint so I find a coat of instant tan on top will match them to the rest of my body. This is especially good if you have veins that need disguising too.
Congratulations if you’ve just gotten engaged!! Its such a special time but it can be a crazy time and one which can be quite daunting for a lot of couples. Try not to over complicate things, make a list of whats most important to you and base everything else around that. Some weddings are organised over a 2/3 year time frame, some in just 6 months or less even! The big thing to remember is that its your day so do it your way!!
So your engaged , what happens now?
First & foremost… Set up a Pinterest account!!! No wedding is complete without 50million different wedding boards with pins of dresses, flowers, table settings, favours etc etc all of which are most likely way out of budget but they are dreamy to look at so get pinning!! 😅❤️
Speaking of budget… This is something you need to set from the off. Be realistic, how much can you really afford to save each month? Remember you still have to eat, pay bills etc so don’t overstretch yourselves.
Think about whether you’d like a Church or Civil ceremony. Civil ceremonies are definitely on the increase and people say they love how personal they can be. That being said, we are so lucky to have some of the most beautiful churches on our little island so it really comes down to personal preference.
Time to set your date! Do you like the idea of a summer wedding or have you always dreamt of being a Christmas bride/groom? Being in Ireland, a summer wedding doesn’t always guarantee you good weather so don’t let that sway your choice, regardless of what date you do choose, your day is gona be epic!!
Start venue shopping!! We are absolutely spoiled for choice with some of the most incredible venues dotted all across the country. Would you like a big lavish hotel, smaller intimate country house or is a garden marquee more your style? Either way, you have endless options to choose from so have fun browsing!
Put some thought into who you’d like to have by your side when you say I do! Brothers, sisters, best friends, cousins… it doesnt matter who they are, if your close to them and you know theyll be a great source of support then pop the question and ask them to be part of your bridal party!
Lock in those suppliers!
Once your date is set & venue booked start doing some research into different suppliers. Bands and photographers tend to be the main things booked first with hair, makeup, music etc coming in next but to be honest, its never too early to book any of your suppliers.
Some of my favourite Key suppliers are:
Band/Dj – Men in Black – www.meninblack.ie
Photo – Darren Byrne Photography and Film – www.dbphotos.ie
Video – Doyenne Films – www.doyennefilms.com
Ceremony music – Jacinta McIntyre /Laura Colgan
Florist Magic Moment Styling – www.magicmoment.ie
Photobooth/Dancefloor/Candycarts – Carolyns Sweets – www.carolynssweets.ie
Room decor – Aisle Love you – www.aisleloveyou.ie
Dresses – Mk Bridal – www.mkbridal.ie
Accessories – ByKyna – www.bykyna.ie
Now for the fun part!! Dress shopping!! 👗 Make a list of 3 or 4 bridal boutiques that you’d like to visit and make appts (covid permitting of course 😕) Once there you might find yourself gravitating towards a certain style but take advice from the boutique assistant, they’re well trained and might have a dress hidden away that’s absolutely perfect for you. I find having an open mind going shopping is the best way 👌
After the wedding is over its nice to have a Honeymoon to look forward to but depending on where you pick this can be expensive. Its a good idea to book this early on in the planning stage and that way you’ll have loads of time to pay it off 😊 Now is a good time to check that your passport dates: this is crucial for your honeymoon!!
Don’t forget the legal/religious parts of getting married. The marriage registration deadline is 3 months before the wedding so best to get this done ASAP. Likewise pre marriage places fill up pretty quick so no harm getting this done early too.
Time to dress the bridesmaids, the Groom and groomsmen!! There are so many different styles and colours of dresses to choose from for your bridesmaids but I think the most important part is to make sure the dresses suit all the ladies. No-one wants to feel uncomfortable and sometimes mixing & matching dress styles within certain colours works really well. Suits can be any colour these days too, grey, navy, maroon, check… The list is endless and guys are looking more and more dapper nowadays.
Make note of what transport might be needed on the day. If you plan on hiring wedding cars get that booked. If your on a budget, why not ask family & friends with nice cars if they’d be willing to lend their wheels for a couple of hours.
Get the party started!! Stag and hen parties aren’t necessary but there’s nothing more fun than a get together with friends and family before the big day. These wont organise themselves though so delegate this to a bridal party member that you trust!! Try have these a couple of months before the big day, that way if anyone loses an eyebrow itl’l have time to grow back 😉
Choose and order your invitations and stationary. Handmade/DIY are a lovely option too but it can be extremely time consuming so keep this is mind. Start collecting guests addresses for the invites if your planning on posting them. Now is also a good time to look at prayers and readings etc for your ceremony booklets.
Once your dress arrives in store they’ll contact you when its time to start fittings. Most boutiques will have an in house seamstress but if yours doesn’t offer an alterations service you will have to organize this yourself. Make sure you use a seamstress who specializes in wedding dresses. Ask the boutique who they recommend. Attending your first fitting is a good time to try on veils, jewellery and shoes with the dress and see what works best with it. Most boutiques stock a small range of accessories but if you don’t find what your looking for, dont stress, there are lots of high street options too. Scheduling your hair & makeup trial for the same day as one of your dress fittings is a super way to check if everything compliments each other.
When purchasing your wedding rings it can be nice to use the same jewellers you bought your engagement ring from Most jewellers will offer a discount for returning couples.
Final Numbers and seating plans are probably the most stressful part of planning!! Most guests will send back RSVPs on time but be prepared to chase the last few for an answer!! Once you know whos attending you can then get started on your seating plan!! It can be relatively straightforward but do put some thought into it before finalising it. You don’t want any drama at your wedding so keep possible troublesome guests apart…if you can! 😂
The week of your wedding will be spent running around doing so many little jobs that cant be done before hand…
Contact all wedding suppliers and make sure everyone is organized for the day.
Give your emergency contact number to all suppliers.
Organize wedding rehearsal a night a two before the wedding, this is a nice opportunity to get family together.
Collect your wedding dress & try it on one last time to make sure everything is perfect.
Compile a list of family members and photos you want taken on the day and give it to your photographer.
You and your bridesmaids deserve to relax and get pampered so book in to have your nails/tan done…time to unwind!
Collect the Grooms suits, make sure all groomsmen attend final fitting and if you’ve bought the suits best to try them on one last time!
Organise outstanding payments for all suppliers, place in separate envelopes with their names on it and give it to someone you trust to hand out on the day.
I know it may seem really hard but do try and get some sleep the night before. Your wedding day is a big day and you want to be on top form!
Once the day is here – ENJOY ❤️❤️
Wedding day hair and makeup is so important to most brides. You want to look back at your photos knowing that you not only looked amazing but felt amazing too. As a result of this 99% of brides will opt to hire a professional hairstylist and makeup artist.
However, with the new restrictions in place and your hairstylist and makeup artist no longer permitted to work this isnt an option at the moment. Brides are now faced with having to do their own hair and makeup. Doing it yourself can be daunting, so, with that in mind I’ve put together this little piece packed full of little tips and tricks that I really hope you find useful.
First and foremost, decide on the look you want to achieve. Do you want dewy skin? Are you more a full coverage kinda gal? Are smokey eyes your go to? What about lip colour? When brides come to me for a trial, these are the questions that I ask and depending on the answers I use them as a guide to create the look. I also ask my brides to bring some pictures of makeup looks that they like as these are a great way to get inspiration. Another great idea is to look back at photos of yourself and pick 2 or 3 that you really like your makeup in and base your look around this. Try to stay away from trends as they will come and go, your photos however, will be with you forever. Put all your focus into looking like the best version of you and you are guaranteed to look beautiful.
Use top quality products
If there’s one time you shouldn’t go for the dupe versions of your makeup, it’s your wedding day. All eyes will be on you, and there will be a ton of pictures so the last thing you want is uneven eyeshadow or foundation creases. High end products have a higher price tag for a reason, because they are good and in my opinion worth it. This is particularly important for foundation. Cheaper foundations may not last well, aren’t geared towards professional photography and can be hard to work with to get the flawless base we all crave.
Do a trial run
This is especially important for brides that don’t usually wear a lot of make-up. Its the best way to figure out what you want and to avoid stress on the big day. Take lots of photos afterwards so you can review them later and decide if you want to make any changes. Be sure to take photos outside so you can see how the natural light affects your make-up application too.
So, how do you actually apply the makeup? Keep reading to find out.
Step 1: Prep your skin
Much like your foundation you need choose the correct primer for your skin type. If your oily, you need to mattify your skin. If your dry, you need to add moisture. And if your a combination of both then personally I would use 2 separate primers, one to target the oils and the other to hydrate the dryer areas. (If having 2 separate primers isnt an option then focus on combatting the oils as this will break down your foundation quicker) If your someone that has a lot of open pores in the centre of your face then I would lightly recommend a pore minimising primer too.
My favourite primers are:
Oily Skin –
Estee Lauder, Mattifying primer
Laura Mercier, Oil free foundation primer
The Ordinary, High adherance silicone primer
Smashbox, Pore minimiser lotion
Dry Skin –
Bobby Brown, Vitamin enriched face base
MAC, Natural radiance base
Estee Lauder, The Illuminator, Radiant perfecting primer
Remember, before applying any primer, all skin needs to be moisturised regardless of being dry or oily. I love the Embryolisse, Lait Creme Concentre for this. Its a super light moisturiser designed for all skin types.
Once your primer has had time to sink in you can then look at applying a liquid illuminators to give that lit from within glow. (Use sparingly if your very oily or have a lot of open pores.)
I love both the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter or NARS Tinted Glow booster for this. They work amazingly under foundation and wont cause it to slip while giving the perfect amount of glow to your skin.
Step 2: Your eyes
Once I’ve prepped the skin I always move straight onto eyes. If there’s any mistakes or eyeshadow fall out, it’s easy to correct without disturbing the rest of your make-up.
Its a good idea to neutralize any uneven colour on the eyelids before applying any eyeshadows. The eye base should double as a primer and make your eyeshadow waterproof and longer-lasting. I love MAC paint pots in Painterly and Soft Ochre, BPerfect Eye Primer or Urban Decay Primer potion for this. They don’t necessarily need to be set but I like to give a light dusting of powder to stop any creasing.
A subtle smokey eye can look amazing for a bride but stay away from black shadows and anything that can look too heavy in photos. A more natural make-up look with the focus on brightening and opening up your eyes will be much more complementary. Use light brown or taupe shades and build your colour intensity by applying a small amount each time. MAC Saddle, Swiss Chocolate, Cork, Wedge, Soft brown and Brown Down are just some of my favourites to work with. Remember to blend, blend, blend and when you think you’ve blended enough, blend some more.
A little pop of shimmer on the lid can be very flattering in your photos but try to avoid anything too glittery or chunky. MAC Woodwinked, Expensive pink or Honest are gorgeous on brides and give the perfect amount of frosting needed.
If your not confident with gel liner then your wedding day is not the day to attempt it. Using a black or very dark brown eyeshadow, you can press it gently along your lash line to minic liner and give you a fuller lash effect. Smudging is slightly will soften the look and remove any harsh lines. A sweep of the mid tone browns underneath the eyes will define them perfectly.
A couple of individual lashes on the outer corner will open your eyes up beautifully but if the thoughts of applying false lashes puts the fear of god into you then avoid and fire on a couple of coats of good waterproof mascara. Max Factor 2000 calorie is my own personal makeup bag staple but MAC Extended play, NARS Climax and Benefit Bad Gal mascaras are highly rated too.
Step 3: Foundation
When selecting a foundation it’s important to work with your skin type instead of against it. If you have oily skin – Avoid foundations boasting a dewy finish. If you have dry skin – Avoid a matte formula.
Some of my favourite foundations for bridal are:
NARS, Sheer Glow ( a good all rounder and suits most skin types unless extremely oily)
Estee Lauder, Double Wear Light ( Brilliant for Combination or Oily Skin)
Georgio Armani, Luminous Silk ( Amazing for dry or mature skin)
Selecting the correct shade of foundation can be tricky but and if in doubt I would always opt for a lightly lighter shade and use a bronzer to darken if needed. If your planning on wearing tan on the big day make sure your foundation is matched to your tan shade and not your natural skin tone.
The key to your bridal makeup lasting is layering so when applying your foundation, start with a very light layer and build gradually in areas that you feel you need a bit more coverage. Avoid going in too heavy with product as it’ll be hard to blend along the jaw and hair line. Blonde ladies especially take note!
Step 4: Concealer
Concealer is best applied after your foundation and should really only be used in areas that you need it. Over use will give a mask like effect and wont look natural. Using a shade or 2 lighter than your foundation for under the eye area and centre of your face will have a brightening effect. If using to cover blemishes try match it to your foundation shade and use sparingly so as not to have the opposite effect and end up highlighting the blemishes.
The most common areas to conceal is the inner corner of your eyes, around your nose, the chin and centre of your forehead. Using a tapping motion ensure its blended seamlessly into your foundation.
My most used concealers are:
MAC, Pro longwear concealer
NARS, Radiant Creamy concealer
Estee Lauder, Double Wear Stay in Place Concealer
MAC, Studio Sculpt Concealer
NARS, Soft Matte Concealer
Step 5: Powder products
Powder is always a must to ensure longevity! Using a finely milled translucent formula it will help set your base and blur the look of fine lines and pores without adding any weight. I don’t powder all areas though, I focus more so on the areas that tends to get shiny like the T Zone. Too much powder can look cakey so use a light hand.
My go to powders are:
Laura Mercier, Translucent loose powder
By Terry, Hyaluronic powder
MAC, Mineralise Skinfinish Natural
MAC, Studio Fix Powder
Charlotte Tilbury, Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder
Once your happy with your base its time to add some colour with bronzer and blush. Using bronzer first apply it directly under your cheekbones sweeping it both up onto the temples and below the jawline. You want to bronzer to add some gentle warmth to the skin so try to avoid anything too dark.A cooler toned bronzer can be used under the cheekbones for some extra sculpting/contouring if your after a more chiselled look.
Some bronzers I love are:
MAC, Mineralise Skinfinish natural powders in Medium Tan, Dark Tan, Dark Golden & Dark Deep
Charlotte Tilbury, Airbrush Bronzer
Benefit, Hoola Bronzer
NARS, Laguna Bronzer ( I adore this is the cream version but it can be tricky to blend cream products so powders are best if your not confident enough)
For blush there are so many options to choose from, cream, powder, matte, shimmer etc. Personally, I love a peachy toned blush with a satin finish but it really is personal preference. I would recommend trying out a few before the big day to see what one you like most. I have to admit, I adore a liquid blush on a bride but they do require practice to get the hang of blending properly. Powder is definitely the safer bet.
If your skin tone is fair/light look for soft pink, light coral or peach tones.
Those with a medium/dark skin tone rich pinks, warm mauves or deep peach will work beautifully.
Blusher should always be placed on the high apple of the cheek (the fullest part when you smile), try not to go too close to the nose or too high up onto the cheekbone.
Some blush products that I adore are:
Milani, Rose D’oro, Luminoso & Dolce Pink
MAC, Margin, Peechkeen, Melba, Dolly mixture, Well Dressed, Springsheen
NARS, Orgasm & Torrid (Both powder and liquid)
Charlotte Tilbury, Beauty light wand in Pinkgasm & Peachgasm
No bride is complete with out some highlighter to emphasize her already glowing cheekbones. Apply lightly to the highest points of your cheek bones, sitting directly above your bronzer and sweep it up towards your temples. Down the bridge of your nose, the tip of your nose and cupids bow are also great areas to highlight and will look beautiful in photos. Again use a very light hand to keep it natural. You can always add more in areas that you like more intensity. Liquid highlighters are absolutely stunning on the skin but as with the liquid bronzer they can be tricky to blend correctly so unless you know what your doing, id tend to stick with powder.
My all time favourite highlighters are:
Anastasia Beverly Hills, Amrezy highlighter
MAC, Soft & Gentle
Becca, Champagne pop
Charlotte Tilbury, Beauty light wand in Glowgasm
Step 6: Eyebrows
Your eyebrows should look naturally full and well-shaped. Use a precision pencil to fill in areas of sparseness with small, hair-like strokes. Finish them with a brow gel to fix them in place and create the look of a flattering full brow.
Benefit gimme brow pencils are fab.
BPerfect Indestructi’Brow are also super.
Step 7: Lipstick
The lipstick you choose for your wedding day can alter the whole look of your bridal makeup so it’s important to get it right and feel comfortable wearing it. If you don’t normally wear colour on your lips, your wedding day is not the day to be road testing.
The shade you wear is very much a personal choice but I will help choose a colour combination that I think will suit you & compliment the rest of the bridal makeup I have applied.
Below is a list of shades that I know works well for brides and many of my clients continue to wear their bridal lip colour long after their wedding day.
Nudes are by far the most popular option when it comes to bridal lip colour. They are perfect for the natural brides or those who want their eyes and dress to do the talking.
Some of my favourite nudes are:
Charlotte Tilbury :
Pinks are beautiful on a romantic bride. From baby pinks to deep magenta theres wide range to choose from.
Some of my favourites are:
In Love with Olivia
A red lip on your wedding day is a massive commitment but when worn with confidence is absolutely stunning!! Finding the perfect red can be a challenge but there is a red lipstick out there for absolutely everyone!! If your natural skin tone is fair with pink hues look for a red with blue undertones. If your more olive skinned a red with an orange hue will work best.
My favourite reds are:
Red Carpet Red
Walk of Shame
Give yourself enough time to finish your make-up and then step away for a while. You might feel like you’re wearing too much, but leave it to settle for an hour and then re-visit it.
Wear a white dressing gown or t-shirt while applying your make-up trial to mimic the colouring of your dress on the day (if you’re wearing white, that is!)
Practice your wedding day look a few times and take lots of pictures inside and outside with flash and no flash.
Some people enjoy doing their own makeup; others find it stressful. If you know your going to be stressed, think about clearing the room so it’s relatively calm, and just having one person on hand to help.
Set aside an hour and a half for your make up on the day. The best way to avoid getting flustered is to take your time.
Work out a time you need to be in your dress by (usually an hour before your due to leave) and aim to have your makeup finished about 1/1.5 hours before this.
Finally, enjoy your morning. Dont let the events of 2020 ruin what should be the happiest day of your life.
Together is a wonderful place to be…
Your wedding day is said to be the biggest day of your lives and there’s no doubt that getting engaged comes in at a close second. This is why we recommend engagement shoots to capture those special moments of your relationship after the question has been popped.
Meet Erin & Padraic!!
Theres no better feeling than snuggling up to the one you love and this at-home shoot with Erin & Padraic was absolute perfection!
From playful and fun to dramatic and romantic, these photos will sweep you off your feet.
We met Erin & Padraic at the Farmhouse of The Village Barn in Tyrellspass Co Westmeath, a stunning recently renovated old farmhouse set amonst acres of golden corn! The weather was most definitely on our side that day so shooting options were endless!!
After a quick cuppa, Pamela got to work on Erins makeup ensuring it was perfectly natural for the relaxed, chilled out vibe we were going for. Poor Padraic looked blue beside his stunning partner so a wee lick of bronzer put some colour into his cheeks!! Truth be told I think he secretly enjoyed being pampered!! 😂
Once Pamela was happy with how everything looked it was over to Darren to work his camera magic!! Starting in the living area he let Erin & Pádraic take the lead and while the lovebirds relaxed, chatted & played some music, Darren was there in the background snapping away. He captured the most naturally creative yet emotional photos, photos that will be worth a thousand memories in years to come.
There were some extremely beautiful and meaningfull moments during the shoot and at times felt like Erin & Padraic were the only two people in the world. We were absolutely thrilled with how the images turned out and we hope you enjoy them too.
If interested in booking a session, feel free to contact us.
You’ve spent the last few weeks and months soaking up some serious wedding beauty inspo on Pinterest on Instagram. You’ve got a firm idea of what you want, and you are thrilled. You take the big step to book your trials and turn up with your secret Pinterest boards and pictures on your phone……..Finally……the grand reveal…..
“OH….Emmmmm….yes that’s lovely “(inside your crying ☹ this is nothing like the look you wanted!!!)
Do not panic.
Your first wedding hair and makeup trial won’t necessarily go perfectly and that’s ok. This is the point of a makeup trial, to iron out any kinks so that everything is absolutely perfect on your big day. As long as you let your makeup artist and hairstylist know what you like or don’t like we can work together as a team to get you to the best version of what you want!
It really is such an Irish thing to say “wow, that’s fab” when really were screaming inside. You must remember that this is your big day, you are the customer, you have to be happy with what you are getting. If your not happy you need to speak up!
Communication is key
When we do our trials, we will talk you through every step, the logic of it and how it reflects back to what you asked for. Because we are constantly communicating with you we can generally catch any misalignments before any issues occur.
We openly encourage our brides to be ruthlessly honest. We do not take offence; it’s our work and we take great pride in it but at the end of the day you are the bride and we put you first.
Sometimes you may not even know why you don’t like it. The look may have been great on your favourite celeb but when it is applied to your eye or face shape, it may not work. That’s ok! We work together until you get the look that ensures you are the best version of you for your big day.
The wedding makeup and hair trial is all about you. It’s our job to please you, not yours to please us. Please dont be afraid to speak up!
Unfortunately, in some cases, you may not click with the makeup artist or the hair stylist. It could be personality or just style. In that case, It might be time to seek someone else’s services.
So how do you tell your bridal team that you aren’t happy…… Very simple, you just express that it’s not exactly what you had imagined. We appreciate that it’s not always easy to articulate what it is that you don’t like but please dont feel guilty about asking for changes. We love feedback! With it, your team will be able to sit down and talk through the look with you and pinpoint what you may need to get it exactly what your looking for. From that conversation, we can tweak and develop the look.
The make up artist you pick for your wedding day can really make or break your look…
Whether your a makeup lover or makeup is a complete unknown to you these tips should help you find the right person.
All makeup artists have a signature style. Be it glowing skin, stand out eyes etc etc. You need to decide what style it is that you want to go for and start looking up makeup artists that create the looks that you love.
Instagram, Facebook and online forums are a great place to start but be sure to look for Bridal makeup photos, not just occasion makeup. You need to be able to see how their past brides look from real weddings and know that they have bridal experience. If you come across a makeup artist and when scrolling you love everything about their work…contact them!
Read reviews from previous brides. If a bride takes the time out to leave a review and thank their make up artist then you’ll know they’ve done a good job.
Have you been to a wedding before and absolutely loved the brides makeup? If so, ask her what makeup artist she had. Nothing beats seeing their work in reality. Ask your friends and family for their recommendations too, chances are they’ll know of makeup artists that you might not have heard of.
Create a shortlist of all the makeup artists that you like the look of and get in touch to check availability, price and most importantly if they’d be a good fit for you. Have a chat with them and see if your comfortable with them and that their style & vision matches yours. 💖
Are you a smokey eyes & neutral lip kinda girl or do you prefer the natural understated look? Are you torn between wearing your hair up or leaving it down? Your makeup artist & hairstylist will give you all the advice you need at your trial to help decide what will work best but it’s always a good idea to have a couple of looks in mind. Heres a little bit of advice on how to choose…
Your dress is probably the biggest influence on your hair and makeup so it’s always a good idea to have chosen it before booking your hair & makeup trial. A flowing Boho inspired dress works well with loose textured upstyles, braids, soft beach waves and fresh glowing makeup. A sleek, structed hairstyle with full glam makeup just wouldn’t do it justice. However, smaller elements from both looks can be combined to create the perfect finish. It’s all about balance. Also, you need to think about the neckline of your dress for your hair. If for example, the back of your dress is very heavily detailed, wearing your hair down over it is going to hide all the gorgeous embellishments so in this case wearing your hair up or over one shoulder will work best.
Staying with hair, we see a lot of brides that feel they have to wear an upstyle on the big day and that’s fine if your someone who regularly wears your hair up but if you never wear your hair up and absolutely shiver at the thoughts of it being put up then please don’t feel that you have to have an upstyle for your wedding day. I know some brides are afraid to wear their hair down incase curls don’t last or the wind might ruin it but there are so many different tools & products on the market nowadays to ensure your style lasts all day without a strand moving out of place.
Moving onto makeup, there are lots of trends when it comes to bridal makeup, one minute its all about fresh glowing skin, soft shimmer on the eyes with a hint of colour on the lips. The next it’s full coverage matt base and dramatic eyes. Both are amazingly beautiful and I love creating one just as much as the other.
But the most beautiful look is the one thats staying true to your own sense of style. If your someone who never wears makeup, your wedding day isn’t the day to rock up with a heavy, madeup look. Your poor Groom won’t know who’s coming up the aisle to him!! But more importantly, you won’t look like you!!
Your wedding day makeup should be about looking like the most beautiful version of you so if red lipstick and lashes are your go to then absolutely wear them with pride on your big day.
Remember, you have to look back at your photos and know that you looked and felt like you so please don’t follow trends, stick with what you know works for you
Pinterest is a great place for inspiration but make sure your looking at pictures with similar features to you. A style done on blonde hair looks totally different on brunettes. Equally, makeup on a brown eyed, sallow complexion won’t look the same on a blue eyed fair skinned girl. Gather up the images that you like and bring these with you to your trial, here we will work with you taking snippets of the pictures into consideration and create your unique wedding day look
Because we do both hair and makeup you’ll get to see both done together and it’s always a nice idea to schedule a dress fitting for afterwards. Always check that your bridal shop allows you wear makeup to fittings first.
For women, your wedding day is probably one of the most important events in your life so looking your absolute best is a must.
As a bride, you need to be able to look back on your photos and know that you not only felt amazing on the day but that you look beautiful in the photos too. The last thing you want to see are mismatched eyebrows, overly rosy cheeks and a flat complexion.
Bridal make up is renowned for being soft, dewy and radiant. A professional, experienced bridal makeup artist knows everything that needs to be done to ensure that you will be the glowing bride that you deserve to be.
We are trained in contouring your face and therefore will know how to accentuate your best features. We will use only top quality products giving you the perfect finish that will last all day. This is essential if you want to continue looking your best all day with lipstick and possibly powder being the only makeup needed for touch ups.
THE RESULTS OF HAVING A PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST WILL BE SHOWN IN YOUR PHOTOS
The same goes with hair.
A professional hair stylist knows how to cope with every type of hair – fine, thick, frizzy, wavy, curly or straight. We know what its going to take to hold it in place and have loads of tools to ensure your chosen style lasts all day.
We are experienced at attaching a veil or headpiece without compromising the hairstyle or running the risk of the accessories falling out. We also know how to make your hair look balanced, full and flattering ensuring your hair looks good from every angle.
Make up is a wonderful thing!! I love the transformations we can do with it but mostly I love the confidence it can give a person, me included!!
As a bride to be, you want to look your absolute best on your wedding day and this is why booking a top makeup artist is so important. BUT if you want that added oomph I truely believe it starts with getting the skin in tip top condition. By doing this you will get the most from your makeup products and have that radiant glow that every bride craves.
Here are my top bridal skincare tips:
💕 Drink more water.
Water intake will help to balance hydration levels and rid the body and skin of toxins.
💕 Reduce sugar intake
This is especially important as you get closer to your Big day. Itll help prevent any sugar related breakouts and reduce any inflammation in the skin
This essential when it comes to glowing skin. You need to feed your skin from within by eating a healthy well balanced diet of fruit, veg, proteins etc and ideally supplement. Applying Active ingredients to your skin and supplementing at the same time will supercharge your skin results.
Some recommended supplements are:
Skin Vit A = Vitamin A is essential for a healthy skin and for skin cells to function the way they are supposed to.
Skin Omegas = Omegas are amazing especially where hydration is a concern, Omega supplements will hydrate the whole skin from head to toe.
Probiotics = These are healthy bacteria that we take for gut health. They help to fight gut inflammation and in turn help our bodies absorb nutirents such as your supplements
💕 Don’t make drastic changes,
Please dont try new treatments or products in the last few weeks leading up to your big day as they may cause an adverse reaction, Maintain the same routine you have been following and your skin has gotten used to.
💕Visit a skincare therapist
If budget allows visit a skin therapist at least 6-12 months prior to the big day to allow enough time to see real improvements to the skin. During your initial visit your therapist will build a plan to suit you and your budget. This will cover home care and professional treatments.
Including active ingredients in your home care will get you the best results for your skin such as ….
Hyaluronic acid serum
These will help strengthen, repair, hydrate, reduce fine lines and give an over all healthy skin.
💕 MOST IMPORTANT TIP… WEAR SPF 365 DAYS OF THE YEAR
As your big day gets closer its a good idea to book in with us for a hair and make up trial. Here you will get an early glimpse of how you will look on the big day.
During the trial you will have the opportunity to discuss your ideas, likes and dislikes. We will have a look through the photos of looks that you like and take inspiration from them to try out different hair and makeup looks that will enhance your natural beauty.
With many years of experience working in the bridal industry, we will be able to offer our professional advice and support throughout the trial to leave you feeling assured that your look will be the one that is perfect for you.
After your trial we will provide you with a detailed account of your makeup and hair style along with some pictures and product recommendations for topping up on the day.
Trials take place at our studio and we recommend having it around 3-6 months prior to the big day. They last roughly 1.5/2.5 hours.
Some tips to get the very best from your trial…
💞 Arrive to your trial completely makeup free and have your hair washed from the night before. Don’t use a straighteners on it or put any product in your hair.
💞 Bring photos of hair and makeup styles that you like. Try not have too many though as this can end up confusing you. Pick your top 5 favourites. We will use these as inspiration and adapt them to suit your features.
💞 Bring your veil, hair accessories, and earrings if you have them. Don’t worry if you don’t, we can tweak your hairstyle on the day to allow for them.
💞 Bring a photo of your dress so we can get a sense of the overall style your going for. It helps to see the neckline too so we can advise on hairstyles that will compliment it.
💞 Wear white (or whatever colour your wedding dress is). The colour your wearing will impact how the makeup looks so a plain white/cream t-shirt will allow you see the makeup properly. If you can get one with a similar neckline to your dress even better!!
💞 Wear tan! If you plan to wear tan on your wedding day, please have a similar shade on for your trial. It changes the finished look massively so for you to get a truer indication of the finished look, it’s best to have the tan on for the trial too.
💞 Let us know if theres anything in particular that you know you definately do or don’t want. If you have your heart set on certain details like fresh flowers in your hair, a favourite lipstick etc let us know and we will incorporate them into your look!
💞 Be open to our suggestions. We know what were doing, we’ve done it thousands of times so give us a little bit of freedom, allow us to play around a little and have an open mind!
💞 Be honest! If you don’t like something, let us know! We won’t be offended. Your trial is about trying out different looks, ironing out any kinks and being safe in the knowledge that you will look absolutely amazing on the day!
💞Make plans to go out after your trial, maybe arrange a nice lunch with the girls. Your gona look absolutely gorgeous so go out and show it off!